(National Sentinel)Â Drain, baby, drain:Â The Department of Justice is launching a probe into the actions of federal prosecutors involved in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s case, as investigators look into evidence they may have hid evidence that cleared him of wrongdoing.
The rancher was facing criminal charges related to aÂ 2014 standoff with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents. Following the prosecution’s numerous mistakes and “willful” withholding of evidence that would have aided Bundy in his defense, a judgeÂ ruled a mistrial Wednesday, The Oregonian reported.
The DOJ did not say whether it would pursue another trial against Cliven Bundy and others involved in the 2014 standoff, according to E&E News.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions â€œpersonally directed that an expert in the departmentâ€™s discovery obligations be deployed to examine the case and advise as to next steps,â€ DOJ deputy director of public affairs Ian Prior told The Oregonian.
â€œThis is every prosecutorâ€™s nightmare,â€ said retired federal prosecutor Kent Robinson.
Prior to the mistrial ruling byÂ U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro,Â BLM Special Agent Larry Wooten issued a report finding that federalÂ agents with the Bureau of Land Management used â€œincredible biasâ€ during their handling of the 2014 standoff with Nevada rancher Clive Bundy.
In addition, BLM agents may even have broken the law and displayed widespread misconduct, according to a report prosecutors have shared with Bundyâ€™s defense attorneys, Wooten found.
The report also covered some of what Wooten said he witnessed during his three-year probe. That included a BLM agentâ€™s â€œkill list,â€ which featured people who had committed suicide while being scrutinized and investigated by the agency.
Also, Wooten said he found that BLM agents referred to the Bundys themselves as â€œretardsâ€ and â€œdouche bags.â€ Agents also bragged about â€œgrindingâ€ a Bundy family memberâ€™s face into gravel, as well as lead prosecutor and Nevada acting U.S. Attorney Steve Myhreâ€™s â€œpreferred ignoranceâ€ of details regarding the investigation that would benefit the Bundys in their defense.
Former Special Agent Dan Love, who was placed in charge of impounding the Bundyâ€™s cattle in 2014, conducted â€œthe most intrusive, oppressive, large-scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possibleâ€ against their ranch.
The impound operation conducted by Love was done against the direction of the U.S. attorneyâ€™s office, according to Wooten.
The report also documentedÂ serious allegations of misconduct and likely illegal activities by BLM officials and prosecutors, led by acting Nevada U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre, throughout the raid and trial of Bundy.
Navarro had already ruled that Myhreâ€™s prosecution team has committed numerous Brady Act violations failing to turn over exculpatory evidence, evidence that may exonerate the Bundys.
â€œItâ€™s time for our men to go home and start making a living for their families,â€ Carol Bundy, Cliven Bundyâ€™s wife, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. â€œWeâ€™re two years behind. Weâ€™ve got a lot of catching up to do.â€
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